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FOREIGN MEDICAL TOURISTS FIND SINGAPORE TOO EXPENSIVE

Singapore is finding it harder to retain its title as the region's top medical tourism hub as patients eye cheaper options elsewhere while government support for the sector wanes, a new report has warned. It also noted that the challenges will only intensify as improved standards in neighbouring cities test the price premiums here, which are further exacerbated by a strong Singapore dollar.

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7 REASONS WHY THE PAP GOVT IS NOT LOOKING AFTER YOU & I

Do you know that the PAP-run government spends the least on healthcare, as a percentage of GDP, among the developed countries and also one of the lowest in the world? However, because of that, Singaporeans are made to pay the most out of our own pockets to pay for healthcare, after Switzerland.

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IS SINGAPORE’S HEALTH POLICY BENEVOLENT OR TYRANNY

Singapore’s healthcare system has gained an international reputation for impeccable standards, with state-of-the-art medical facilities. It is also readily accessible and affordable, thanks to a well-planned and integrated healthcare structure. More than 400,000 people come to Singapore each year for medical treatment. Is the Singapore medical service, actually the benevolent government or the tyranny? Perhaps, we can hear the different sound from this article.

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YISHUN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AT KTPH

Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) will open at the end of the year and will relieve some of the overcrowding at the nearby Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). The opening of the new YCH will allow KTPH, which treats those with more critical conditions,to move patients in need of rehabilitation treatment to YCH for their next phase of treatment.

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DR LEE WEI LING: I WILL PUNISH DOCTORS WHO CHOOSE TO ONLY TREAT RICH PATIENT

This ethos of caring for patients regardless of whether they are subsidised or not is sometimes absent in our hospitals, even in cases of subsidised patients with complex problems. Sometimes such patients are assigned to junior doctors. At NNI, a subsidised patient with a complex medical problem would be seen by a senior doctor or at least a junior doctor under a senior doctor's supervision. My doctors know that I would come down on them like a tonne of bricks if I found they were not providing the same quality of care to subsidised patients as they were to paying ones.

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IS SINGAPORE’S SYSTEM TRULY FAIR TO TRUE BLUE LOCALS?

According to the Straits Times news report ”Singapore system remains fair and sustainable” (Mar 6) – “If you take the top 20 per cent of households, they pay 55 per cent of all taxes, when you add up income tax, property tax, GST, car taxes, maid levies, everything. And they receive 12 per cent of the benefits. If you look next to the middle 20 per cent of households, they pay 11 per cent of all taxes and they receive 20 per cent of all benefits.

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SDP: MEDISHIELD LIFE IS A PROFIT MAKING SCHEME BY THE PAP GOVT

The Government not only makes the people pay more but also inflates its subsidy levels. Such practices has allowed the PAP Government to shirk its responsibility and use public funds to do business all over the world through Temasek Holdings instead of focusing on the people’s health. The chart on the right says it all.

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2014 A GOOD TURNING POINT IN SINGAPORE’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?

Few would dispute that healthcare is one of the biggest challenges facing Singapore as we look to the next 50 years. The twin challenges of ageing and chronic diseases are straining our healthcare system, further exacerbated by concerns around rising healthcare costs and delays in the opening of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. I suspect though, in a decade, we will look back to 2014 much more kindly as the turning point in our healthcare system.

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